Protecting Public Health and the Environment.
To protect human health and preserve the quality of Idaho's air, land, and water for use and enjoyment today and in the future.
DEQ is a state department created by the Idaho Environmental Protection and Health Act (Idaho Code Title 39) to ensure clean air, water, and land in the state and protect Idaho citizens from the adverse health impacts of pollution.
As a regulatory agency, DEQ enforces various state environmental regulations and administers a number of federal environmental protection laws including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. DEQ manages a broad range of activities including:
The agency is committed to working in partnership with local communities, businesses, and citizens to identify and implement cost-effective environmental solutions.
DEQ's Director is Curt Fransen. He was appointed to this position by Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter in February 2012, after serving five years as the agency’s Deputy Director. His career includes serving as Chief of the Environmental Quality Section of the Attorney General’s Natural Resources Division. He is a graduate of the University of California’s Hastings College of Law.
Within the department are five divisions responsible for developing, administering, and enforcing environmental policies and for providing technical and administrative support. Division staff are housed in the department's state office. Learn more.
DEQ maintains regional offices in the following six cities: Boise, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Falls, Lewiston, Pocatello and Twin Falls. Three satellite offices are located in McCall, Grangeville, and Kellogg. Regional and satellite office staff are responsible for on-the-ground implementation of environmental programs. Learn more.
The Board of Environmental Quality is a rulemaking and advisory body. Learn more.
Learn about job openings and open bidding opportunities at DEQ.
Emergency management activities in Idaho are coordinated by the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security. Each state agency is to appoint at least one representative to train, exercise and participate in the State Emergency Management Program to facilitate emergency support and logistics in response to emergencies and disasters. In addition, each agency must develop and maintain an emergency operations plan to carry out the agency's response and recovery support functions and a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) to address how the agency will provide essential services to citizens during response and recovery and return the agency to normal operations. Learn about DEQ's specific responsibilities here.
Each year DEQ develops a strategic plan to identify the agency's goals and objectives for the next and four subsequent fiscal years and the strategies it will follow to achieve those goals and objectives. As required by state statute, the plan is submitted to the Legislature. An overview of DEQ's current goals and links to the agency's strategic plans since 2001 are available here.
1410 N. HiltonBoise, ID 83706(208) 373-0502
DirectorCurt Fransen(208) firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy DirectorJess Byrne(208) email@example.com
DEQ's Organizational Chart
Director Fransen's Bio
DEQ: Who we are and what we do(Brochure: May 2012)
Table of Authorities